Royal Irish complete training session as part of new role

The Royal Irish on Salisbury plain
The Royal Irish on Salisbury plain

Soldiers of the Royal irish Regiment are undergoing a historic transformation to become the British Army’s first-ever Light Mechanised Battalion.

The regiment’s 1st Battalion was formerly a foot-based outfit, but has now completed its training in the use of new Foxhound and Husky vehicles on Salisbury Plain as part of its switch to using armoured, motorised transport as part of its standard role.

The new role was largely developed in Afghanistan, and is part of the ongoing transformation of the Army.

In a statement, commanding officer Lieutenant Colonel Graham Shannon said: “This is a new role for the battalion and it is testing soldiers across the board.

“These vehicles provide a mobile and agile fighting edge... we are at the forefront of developing this concept”.

The battalion will be among the UK’s “high readiness units”, able to deploy globally at short notice.